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SEOTR all started with one goal - to help foster a community of trail runners in Southeastern Ohio.


Running can connect people.  Battling through extreme weather to reach the finish, running up over a ridge top and seeing the misty morning sunrise, or walking slowly through a hushed pine forest on the needle-lined trail beneath your feet - these moments are known and shared by all trail runners.  In Southeastern Ohio, we are blessed with numerous parks and forests, with miles and miles of lush singletrack trails.  It is on these trails that friendships are formed and a community of trail running starts to take shape.


Trail running provides the runner with a lived experience.  It is the culmination of experiences that bring you back to the trails time after time.  When races are organized, these moments become shared experiences.  Whether you are racing for 30 minutes or an ultra taking 10 hours or many more, it is a challenge against body, mind, and terrain that each runner experiences.  This is what makes our community so special.


We know there are hundreds of wonderful events in beautiful places throughout the country, but if you choose to take part in an SEOTR Event, we hope you have awesome experiences in what we believe is a special place - Southeastern Ohio.


Until then, onward to happy trails.....



SEOTR's mission has always been and will always be to promote trail running in Southeastern Ohio as a recreational activity and to build a community of trail runners.  Over the years we've found ways to best serve that mission beyond hosting trail races.  SEOTR has also given back by volunteering time to upkeep and maintain trails and giving away free shoes to local high school runners.  SEOTR will continue to grow our partnerships with causes and organizations that share these values and to give back to the community! 


Michael Owen, Race Director

Michael started SEOTR in 2013 as graduate school project while completing his Master's Degree in Recreation Studies at Ohio University.  What started as an idea to create a "club" of trail runners became a full-fledged event management venture.  Michael's goal is to put on events of all styles, for all levels of trail runners, in a meaningful way that grows the community.  He loves being at the finish line welcoming finishers after they complete their goal and sharing in that experience.  Michael and his wife Bobbi live in Pomeroy, Ohio with their two children, Fern and Lewis, who are often helping with the events as well!   
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